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Three lives will change the destiny of nations. Hellkaon, the young prince of Dardania, haunted by a scarred and traumatic childhood. The priestess Andromache, whose fiery spirit and fierce Independence threatens the might of kings. And the legendary warrior Argurios, cloaked in loneliness and driven only by thoughts of revenge. In Troy they find a city torn apart by destructive rivalries - a maelstrom of jealousy, deceit and murderous treachery. And beyond its fabled walls blood-hungry enemies eye its riches and plot its downfall. It is a time of bravery and betrayal; a time of bloodshed and fear. A time for heroes. In Lord of the Silver Bow, the first in an epic trilogy, David Gemmell combines vivid characterization with a wealth of historical detail in a compelling, unputdownable novel of love and hatred, ambition and rivalry, peace and war.
We are not normally this frank, but when someone has no idea of plot construction, characterisation, or narrative drive we feel it is appropriate to advise you to rethink your career plans. You mention in your resume that you are working as a lorry driver's mate for Pepsi Cola. This is an occupation not without merit. Good luck with it'.
David Gemmell's attempts at novel writing in the early sixties received this response from the first agent he contacted. Luckily he was not deterred and since then has gone on to sell over 1 million copies of his books! As Time Out puts it, Gemmell is 'probably the finest living writer of heroic fantasy'.
Gemmell grew up in West London and was expelled from school in 1965 for gambling. He worked as a building site and farm labourer, lorry driver's assistant and doorman before becoming a journalist and editor of newspapers in East Sussex. This varied twenty two year long career ended after the publication of his third novel, the hugely successful Waylander: "I decided to use all the people I worked with in it and got sacked. The Managing Director regarded it as a poisonous attack on his integrity." He is now a full-time writer.